Foxconn Mars Reviewccokeman - February 12, 2008
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The BIOS is an area of product development that can make or break a motherboard. There is a fine line between just enough options to get the job done verses the "every option under the sun" BIOS that takes an electrical engineering degree to understand what all of the adjustments do. The Foxconn MARS treads along this fine line and provides a BIOS that everyone can use. Foxconn has chosen to use a Phoenix Award BIOS on the MARS. I will take a brief look at each section and focus on the Gladiator BIOS section. This area is where the enthusiast will spend most of his time.
Standard CMOS Features:
This tab is where the basic hardware setup is shown. Hard drive detection and manual setup can be done here, as well as setting the system time and date.
Advanced BIOS Features:
Boot priority for all system disks is accomplished under this section. The boot screen can be set to display the Foxconn MARS logo or the standard post screen by enabling this option.
Advanced Chipset Features & Integrated peripherals:
The Advanced Chipset fetures section allows for detailed PCI-E port setup. The Integrated Peripherals page allows for the configuration of the IDE devices and all of the onboard devices such as sound, Firewire, USB, and serial port.
Power Management Setup:
In this tab you can set up the energy saving features of the MARS.
This section allows for the ability to choose which expansion port to check for a video card first, as well as PCI configuration.
PC Health Status:
This tab is where the monitoring of voltages and temperatures can be done. In this section the fan speed setup for any fans attached to the motherboard can be managed.